TiVo Tunes Up Multi-Room DVRs for Cable

The news is rolling in fast in furious as The Cable Show gets underway this week in Chicago.

  • TiVo Inc. (Nasdaq: TIVO) says RCN Corp. and Suddenlink Communications will be the first MSOs to bust out a new whole-home DVR set-up comprising its new quad-tuner Premiere Q gateway and the TiVo Preview, the company's first HD box that doesn't include a DVR. The boxes can stream up to three HD feeds on a home network using Multimedia over Coax Alliance (MoCA) or Ethernet. TiVo is debuting those boxes as well as an enhanced iPad app tailored for cable operators that lets users "flick" selected content from the tablet to the TV screen. (See TiVo's Crafting a Whole-Home DVR.)

  • Arris Group Inc. (Nasdaq: ARRS) will take Docsis 3.0 to the extreme at this week's cable confab by demonstrating the bonding of 128 channels -- enough to produce a "fairly constant" 4.5 Gbit/s. Arris says it will achieve it by tying together four CMTS blades, each outfitted with 32 downstream ports, noting it's the kind of set-up that may be required for large-scale IP video systems. Arris will couple that with a demo of a 24-channel, 575Mbit/s D3 upstream path.

  • Avail-TVN is expanding into the TV Everywhere world with AnyView, a managed service that helps service providers extend video-on-demand and linear TV services to authenticated, broadband-connected devices using adaptive streaming. Commercial deployments are set to begin in the third quarter, and the initial target devices include iPads, PCs and Roku Inc. boxes, among others.

  • Two Tennessee counties sued Charter Communications Inc. and AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T), claiming they should be collecting more fees from businesses to support 911 systems.

  • Time Warner Cable Inc. (NYSE: TWC) struck a US$260 million cash deal to buy cable systems counting 70,000 basic video subscribers in Kentucky and western Tennessee from NewWave Communications.

  • CommScope Inc. will show off the fruits of its recent acquisition of LiquidxStream Systems Inc. at the show in the form of a wideband edge QAM called the LxS-16016 that packs in 160 QAMs per port, putting it on the path to support the kind of densities required by the Comcast Corp. (Nasdaq: CMCSA, CMCSK)-led Converged Multiservice Access Platform (CMAP) initiative. Its fully loaded, 4-U chassis can fit in 2,560 QAMs. (See Why CommScope Bought LiquidxStream and Harmonic Lays Claim to Edge QAM Density Crown .)

  • The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia affirmed the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) 's decision to close the so-called "terrestrial loophole." The rule prevents Cox Communications Inc. , Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC), Comcast and other MSOs from keeping fiber-delivered regional sports networks out of the hands of rivals like AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) and Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE: VZ) (See FCC Tightens 'Terrestrial Loophole'.)

  • Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA) sued Time Warner Cable in a Texas court for breach of contract, alleging that it's not distributing Country Music Television in enough homes. (See TW Cable, Viacom Take iPad Fight to Court .)

  • British Sky Broadcasting Group plc renamed its mobile and online video service Sky Go.

    — Steve Donohue, Special to Light Reading Cable, and Jeff Baumgartner, Site Editor, Light Reading Cable

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